TCC View: Letting out of favour Chelsea academy star leave now could be a good idea

Callum Hudson-Odoi is seemingly a wanted man right now and maybe a move away from Chelsea would do him wonders.

In the past 24 hours, two separate reports have linked the 20-year-old with the German giant, Borussia Dortmund.

Eurosport first reported that Chelsea would be willing to let Hudson-Odoi leave this summer, highlighting Dortmund as a possible next destination.

90min followed up by stating that contact had been made between the Blues and BVB about a possible deal for the young winger.

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Hudson-Odoi out in the cold

Had these claims come possible a year earlier when Frank Lampard was still in charge, many would have swatted the approaches away.

However, it’s become increasingly clear in the past few months that Hudson-Odoi’s place in Thomas Tuchel’s squad is not so secure.

The academy graduate hasn’t started a Premier League game since the 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace in April.

That’s seven games where he’s either sat on the bench, or played a cameo role.

Things started to go down hill after Hudson-Odoi was subbed as a sub by Tuchel during the 1-1 draw with Southampton.

Callum needs a chance

Chelsea are likely to splash a bit of cash in forward areas when the transfer window opens, particularly on a new striker.

This may push the likes of Timo Werner or Kai Havertz into wider positions, areas that Hudson-Odoi usually likes to operate in.

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His days as a wing-back seem behind him now after a handful of promising appearances at the beginning of Tuchel’s reign.

So why not let the young man’s spread his wings away from Stamford Bridge?

There aren’t many better footballing locations in Europe to develop talent than at Dortmund.

Just ask Jadon Sancho, who looks very set for the exit door himself.

A hole could open up for an exciting wide player to fill; step forward Hudson-Odoi.

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Just imagine how much he’d benefit from meaningful game time, not to mention working alongside Erling Haaland.

Even a season-long loan could work out for both parties.

Give the boy some breathing room away from Chelsea and who knows, he might return a bigger and better individual for it.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.